\ ˈkrēd How to pronounce creed (audio) \

Definition of creed

1 : a brief authoritative formula of religious belief the Nicene Creed
2 : a set of fundamental beliefs also : a guiding principle Never settle for mediocrity is his creed. — Jill Lieber

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Other Words from creed

creedal or credal \ ˈkrē-​dᵊl How to pronounce creed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of creed in a Sentence

central to the creed of this organization of medical volunteers is the belief that health care is a basic human right the Amish live by a strict creed that rejects many of the values and practices of modern society
Recent Examples on the Web Police in Fairfield arrested the student on a state hate crime charge of ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race. Dave Collins,, 19 May 2021 However, unless specifically requested by the employee, an accommodation related to religious creed is not considered reasonable if such accommodation results in the segregation of an individual from other employees or the public. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2021 Many are, quite frankly, already busy finding meaning in the American creed, creating new possibilities and erecting work-arounds with the ingenuity and grit that have sustained them thus far. Time, 13 May 2021 This ensures that federal contractors hire people regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Over the 18 years of publishing my literature and music website Largehearted Boy, that has always been my creed. David Gutowski, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 His answers usually call back to that creed — to the blue-collar mindset and belief that no one is going to outwork you. Tom Green |, al, 26 Apr. 2021 The kind of central government ordered shutdown lasting months from which the UK is beginning to emerge, for instance, has long seemed incompatible with the American creed of individualism and personal freedom -- even in Democratic-run states. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Space Coyote President and Co-founder Libby Cooper is part of this new wave of leaders with successful businesses who also impact society with the Cali sober creed. Andrew Deangelo, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of creed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creed

Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin credo (first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), from credere to believe, trust, entrust; akin to Old Irish cretid he believes, Sanskrit śrad-dadhāti

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The first known use of creed was before the 12th century

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“Creed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of creed

: a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion
: an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group


\ ˈkrēd How to pronounce creed (audio) \

Kids Definition of creed

1 : a statement of the basic beliefs of a religious faith
2 : a set of guiding rules or beliefs


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